Georgina Heffernan talks Makeup with Ann-Marie Carey

The glamourously gorgeous Georgina Heffernan, Author, Journalist and talented Milliner chats to me about make up and skin care.

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What skin care regime do you use morning & evening?

Over the years, I’ve tried almost every product on the market but my favourite Eve Lom soap with a simple flannel;my skin feels just incredible after it. , I finish with by rubbing olive oil into my skin.For 20 years I have used nothing but olive oil in my beauty regime. I use it to remove my eye makeup and I use it to moisturise my face and body. It‘s free or chemicals, cheap and my skin always looks plump and dewy. If Olive oil does not suit your particular skin type – try almond oil or coconut oil.

Do you use moisturise? If so what do you use?

I moisturise with my home – made vitamin c cream. Vitamin C is proven to help prevent age spots and encourage collagen production. Great. But why can’t we just pop a few tablets – or even better, down a few oranges? Well, you can, but while your system will benefit, your skin receives a measly 2% of the nutrients you eat. That’s why Vitamin C is so popular in creams – taking this powerful ingredient straight from the pot on to your skin.Unfortunately, many of these face creams only contain very small amounts of the actual vitamin, so the potency of the product is greatly reduced. Also, vitamin C is very unstable and only remains active for a few days once it’s added to any lotion . If you make your own products fresh, you can make them in small three day doses that will work when the vitamin is most active – and powerful.My solution is to buy pure vitamin C powder on-line. You can a teaspoon to your regular day cream, Ionised water – or add it to vegetable glycerine, to create your own wonder potion. Try it for just a few weeks and you will be astonished at just how plump your skin becomes. Fine lines will vanish ( I swear I’m not making this up!) and your face will become much, much smoother. Honestly, it’s a wonder.

Do you have a must have skin care item?

The number one beauty secret for glowing skin is to drink plenty of water.

What is your favourite beauty treatment?

Botox – I’d do anything to look younger.

Favourite foundation?

Diorlight. The colors are a perfect match and the texture is so light and airy- it looks like real skin.

Favourite make up brand?

Chanel. The products are amazing but they’re so beautifully packaged they’re like little works of art.

Can’t live without?

My dermaroller. The needle-studded roller, reportedly loved by Angelina Jolie, works by puncturingthe face with 0.5-1.5mm pins, causing it to bleed and stimulating the body’s natural healing process. The idea is that this causes trauma to the outer layer and stimulates the repair process, boosting collagen production, which makes skin appear radiant .It has been dubbed the credit crunch laser and, although it sounds savage, it has become this year’s biggest beauty hit. I bought my New Spa Dermaroller online at eBay, for less than 50 euro and once it arrived, I immediately set to work rolling it across my poor unsuspecting face. Two weeks later, having used the Dermaroller twice weekly, I noticed that my skin was plumped up and my acne scars had been dramatically reduced. So, do I look like Angelina Jolie? Well, I’ll never have her lips or her husband BUT three weeks in and I am definitely one step closer to having her glowing complexion – my skin looks so much fresher and younger and my acne scarring is a thing of the past

Love product? Leave product?

Love-

If you want a long and healthy hair, you can use coconut oil instead of hair conditioner as women in India do. It helps both hair and skin. Use coconut oil to massage your scalp. Your hair will grow faster and will shine more.

Leave-

long fake lashes and long fake nails. They look nasty

If you had €200 what skin care or make up would you purchase?

I’ve always been a fan of the Clinique three step range because it makes your skin feel dramatically different, with a plumped up dewy look. It also lasts for ages , so it’s a good investment.

Does make up change how you feel about yourself?

It makes me feel more beautiful and confident.I like the way it can transform the way I look and I get to be creative with my appearance in a way that men never can

And lastly what’s your favourite make up look?

Marilyn Monroe’s famous pout wouldn’t have been the same without it. And Elizabeth Taylor’s beautiful smile would have lost much of its sex appeal. Forget diamonds, these girls best friend was, undoubtedly, and a tube of bright red lippy .

Today fashionistas Scarlett Johansson,Anne Hathaway, Dita Von Teese and young Georgia Jagger have brought the look back and are rarely seen without bright red lips. It’s my favourite make up look because it transforms your face and gives you an instant dash of glamour.

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